Soiree, Stigmatized Properties, Blue Painful and Brittle, Two Silhouettes, Kiseki to no deai. – Kokoro ni yorisou. 3, Gekijouban Ninja Jajamaru-kun, UVERworld Otoko Matsuri FINAL at TOKYO DOME Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, everyone!

Tamon Takayuki Yamada Seijun Suzuki

I hope you are all well.

I have been back in work on the regular this week but, despite that, I managed to get some writing done. I’m covering some titles at the New York Asian Film Festival. I covered the Toronto International Film Festival and L’Etrange Festival (a post I enjoyed writing) and I have a few more things planned. In terms of films that I watched, Jackie Chan featured heavily with Police Story 1 and 2 and The Protector. I am struggling to read The Bonfire of the Vanities but storming through the game Front Mission 3.

What is released this weekend?

Soiree    Soiree Film Poster

ソワレSuware

Release Date: August 28th, 2020

Duration: 111 mins.

Director: Bunji Satoyama

Writer: Bunji Satoyama (Script), 

Starring: Nijiro Murakami, Haruka Imou, Takashi Okabe, Noriko Eguchi, Kanami Tagawa,

Website

This sounds like it could be a powerful drama that looks at the suffering of the younger generation in a society that crushes people’s spirits. It stars two young talents who are making waves, Nijiro Murakami (The Gun, Destruction Babies) and Haruka Imou (Sayounara).

Synopsis: Shota Iwamatsu (Nijiro Murakami) is a young man who left Wakayama to go to Tokyo to become an actor but he is struggling and forced to make ends meet with his acting skills as part of scams. He is in a theatre troupe but his time there is pretty tough due to a merciless director. When that troupe heads to Wakayama to conduct an acting workshop at a nursing home for the elderly, Shota meets a young woman who works there named Takara Yamashita (Haruka Imou) who is suffering abuse at the hands of a man. The two encounter him on their way to a summer festival and an incident happens…

Stigmatized Properties    Stigmatized Properties Film Poster

事故物件 恐い間取りJiko Bukken: Kowai Madori

Release Date: August 28th, 2020

Duration: 111 mins.

Director: Hideo Nakata

Writer: Brazilli Ann Yamada (Script), Tanishi Matsubara (Original Inspiration)

Starring: Kazuya Kamenashi, Nao, Megumi, Noriko Eguchi, Shohei Uno, Mao, Koji Seto, Houka Kinoshita,

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Synopsis: Yamame (Kazuya Kamenashi) and his partner Nakai (Koji Seto) are a struggling manzai act desperately searching for some route to fame. When Nakai suggests that Yamame make a programme where he stays at a “stigmatized property where a murder took place,” the depressed Yamame goes along with things and… something supernatural happens! It proves to be a hit for a television producer who wants more encounters of the spooky kind. Looking to capitalise on this, the two guys hire one of their few fans, a woman named Azusa (Nao) who can actually see ghosts and work with a dodgy real-estate agent who specialises in stigmatized properties to let them into places which have increasingly scarier ghosts…

Blue, Painful, and Brittle  Blue Painful and Brittle Film Poster

青くて痛くて脆いAokute Ikakute Moroi

Release Date: August 28th, 2020

Duration: 118 mins.

Director: Shunsuke Kariyama

Writer: Noriaki Sugihara (Script), Yoru Sumino (Original Novel)

Starring: Ryo Yoshizawa, Hana Sugisaki, Amane Okayama, Honoka Matsumoto, Nana Mori, Ken Mitsuishi, Tasuku Emoto, Hiroya Shimizu,

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Synopsis: Kaede Tabata (Ryo Yoshizawa) and Hisano Akiyoshi (Hana Sugisaki) are both university students who struggle to interact with people, however, with each other, despite their different personalities, they are fine. They are also united by a shared desire to change the world so they create a secret club they call Moai to make things better. However, one day, Hisano disappears from “this world” and Kaede is left behind to carry on. Moai proves to become popular with other students and turns into a job-hunting group which people use to network and get jobs with companies. The more popular it gets, the more Kaede becomes disillusioned as it drifts away from his and Hisano’s original idea and so he initiates the “Recapture Moai Plan” with his best friend…

Two Silhouettes    Two Silhouettes Film Poster

ふたつのシルエットFutatsu no shiruetto

Release Date: August 28th, 2020

Duration: 37 mins.

Director: Yasutomu Chikuma

Writer: Yasutomu Chikuma (Script), 

Starring: Kei Sato, Tomomitsu Adachi, Jan, Naomi,

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Synopsis: Former lovers Keiya and Kanae meet at a restaurant by the sea for the first time in seven years. This was the last place that they visited together. Since then, Keiya, got married and started a family while Kanae moved on to a new job and her current partner has proposed to her. During their reunion, the two talk about the present, past, and future. Eventually, the two will start a timeless conversation with their current partners.

Kiseki to no deai. – Kokoro ni yorisou. 3    Kiseki to no deai Kokoro ni yorisou 3 Film Poster

奇跡との出会い。 心に寄り添う。3Kiseki to no deai. Kokoro ni yorisou. 3

Release Date: August 28th, 2020

Duration: 94 mins.

Director: Takayuki Okutsu

Writer: N/A

Starring: Rin Kijima, Ryoma Ichihara,

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Synopsis: The third in a series of documentary films where actress Rin Kijima acts as a guide. Following on from the first volume, which deals with people who face difficulties such as bullying and disabilities, and the second volume, which explores the meaning of “living” through the interaction between seniors and young people, this time the film asks “What is a miracle?” It tries to answer this by interviewing people who experienced a miracle whilst enduring tremendous hardships. These include men who have been declared terminally ill with cancer, women who have been suffered serious physical injury. 

Gekijouban Ninja Jajamaru-kun    Gekijouban Ninja Jajamaru-kun Film Poster

劇場版 忍者じゃじゃ丸くんGekijouban Ninja Jajamaru-kun

Release Date: August 28th, 2020

Duration: 119 mins.

Director: Ainosuke Shibata

Writer: Etsuro Hiratani (Script), Ninja Jajamaru-kun (Original Video Game)

Starring: Isamu Sugihara, Hiroaki Kawatsure, Yuka Kuramochi, Yuu Komeda, Kentaro Shimazu,

This one has its roots in crowdfunding, as shown by the fact that the only trailer I could find was from Motion Gallery (the Japanese equivalent of Kickstarter). Based on the same-name video game which was first made in 1985.

Synopsis: The ninja Jajamaru moves to Akihabara with his brother and get mixed up with yakuza. Jajamaru falls for the daughter of the group, Sakura but she is taken hostage by a figure from Jajamaru’s past life in the ninja village he comes from… 

UVERworld Otoko Matsuri FINAL at TOKYO DOME

UVERworld 男祭り FINAL at TOKYO DOMEUVERworld Otoko Matsuri FINAL at TOKYO DOME

Release Date: August 28th, 2020

Duration: 160 mins.

Director: N/A

Writer: N/A

Starring: Takuya , Katsuya, Akira, Nobuto, Shintaro, Seika

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No trailer or poster

Synopsis: The 6-member rock band “UVERworld” celebrate the 20th anniversary of their formation in 2020. They celebrated the 15th anniversary of their debut in a concert on December 19th at Tokyo Dome with a live performance for a male-only crowd. 45,000 guys watched the concert and now it’s on cinema screens in select theatres for everyone to watch. 

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